Manchester City (3-5-2)
Joe Hart; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasić; Maicon, David Silva, Yaya Touré, Gareth Barry, Aleksandar Kolarov; Sergio Agüero, Mario Balotelli
Oh, no. Not the 3-5-2 again.
There's a reason why Roberto Mancini changed from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-5-2 during the win over Wigan Athletic. It was to test out his much-maligned decision to go with three at the back and that in-game adjustment sealed the game for City.
Until the 3-5-2 dramatically backfires on Mancini like the high line did for André Villas-Boas at Chelsea, the Italian will continue to incorporate the formation in one way or another.
Remember, this is the formation that was the cornerstone of Juventus' unbeaten 2011-12 Serie A season.
Barring injury, there is no reason why Balotelli shouldn't start. He finally scored his first league goal of the season and now he needs to get in rhythm.
Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Bryan Oviedo; Steven Naismith, Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavić
Do you know who is tied for the highest key passes per game in Europe's elite leagues?
Everton must rest him. If he tears his hamstring against City, David Moyes will have some explaining to do.
Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo, who has played at left-back for Copenhagen, was quite good as a left winger against Norwich City.
It was a performance that enabled him to take home the Liverpool Echo's Man of the Match award.
Hopefully for Evertonians, he isn't the Costa Rican version of Alessandro Pistone.
Fellaini, as a deep-lying forward, has been phenomenal. He's created 21 shots for his teammates, he's comfortable with the ball at his feet and can operate as a facilitator.
When you add in his seven league goals, he's much better up front than as a defensive midfielder.
Props has to be given to Ben Dewison, a Bleacher Report commenter, who pointed this out from the onset.
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